THESE are the distressing moments where abattoir workers were filmed throwing lambs around like dolls and slaughtered without being stunned in Spain.
They were secretly filmed stamping on their heads before they are sacrificed.
The appalling images also show some animals sent down conveyer belts of death without being stunned first.
The scenes were exposed by a Spanish welfare group fighting for legislation to make CCTV mandatory in the country’s slaughterhouses.
Some appear to be so sick they have to be carried into pens before being slaughtered because they are unable to stand on their own four feet.
The CCTV footage was secretly filmed at a slaughterhouse in Villarejo de Salvanes near Madrid over the past four months and published by NGO Equalia.
CCTV became mandatory in every slaughterhouse in England in May last year and the organisation is pushing for the same legislation to be adopted in Spain.
A spokesman for the NGO said: “The images speak for themselves; lambs are thrown, kicked and beaten and a worker repeatedly throws himself on them.
“Several lambs are slaughtered without being stunned, even thought the stunner remains next to one of the operators.
“The slaughterer disregards his duties and some lambs are not bled and are left hanging next to the rest of the dead animals.
“One of them was left fully conscious for at least half an hour.
“The video also shows sheep that can’t stand up or are sick and are taken to the conveying belt to enter the bleeding zone.
‘THIS IS AN ATTACK’
“One of them was filmed agonising the night before. Ten hours went by before it was taken to the slaughter area.
“By law an animal that can’t walk should not be dragged or transported to the slaughter area but sacrificed in situ, wherever it is.”
Equalia also flagged up moments in the footage where it said a workers was inserting identification tags to several lambs inside the slaughterhouse, contrary to law where every animal must already be identified before it reaches the abattoir to guarantee traceability.
A court in the Madrid suburb of Leganes is now understood to have launched an investigation after Equalia filed a formal complaint over the animal mistreatment.
An owner of the abattoir told a Spanish TV station, despite the glaring evidence to the contrary captured on the CCTV, that the idea that lambs were sent for slaughter without being stunned first was “all lies.”
He added: “They’ve published things that are not true. They’ve taken 100 hours of footage and only published the little bits they were interested in.
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He admitted the footage showed some “irregularities” may have taken place and said he would take disciplinary action against one of his workers filmed mistreating the animals but insisted: “Here they are killed in a lawful way.”
But asked if he felt CCTV should be installed in the abattoir, he told a TV reporter who pointed out Equalia would never have got permission to film some of the scenes captured on camera: “This is an attack.
“The most irregular thing that’s happened here is that someone’s entered these premises and filmed without permission.”
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